uniquelyput, Jane Eyre is excellent as well. We had to read that in school, but I think it's one I would have picked anyway. I have a favorite quote from that book. *searches for it* Ah! Here is it.
Please bear with me. It's kind of long.
"She has been unkind to you, no doubt, because, you see, she dislikes your cast of character, as Miss Scatcherd does mine; but how minutely you remember all she has done and said to you! What a singularly deep impression her injustice seems to have made on your heart! No ill-usage so brands its record on my feelings. Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs. We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off in putting off our corruptible bodies; when debasement and sin will fall from us with this cumbrous frame of flesh, and only the spark of the spirit will remain -- the impalpable principle of life and thought, pure as when it left the Creator to inspire the creature; whence it came it will return, perhaps again to be communicated to some being higher than man -- perhaps to pass through graduations of glory, from the pale human soul to brighten to the seraph! Surely it will never, on the contrary, be suffered to degenerate from man to friend? No, I cannot believe that: I hold another creed, which no one ever taught me, and which I seldom mention, but in which I delight, and to which I cling, for it extends hope to all; it makes eternity a rest -- a mighty home -- not a terror and an abyss. Besides, with this creed, I can so clearly distinguish between the criminal and his crime, I can so sincerely forgive the first while I abhor the last; with this creed, revenge never worries my heart, degradation never too deeply disgusts me, injustice never crushes me too low; I live in calm, looking to the end."
I had another good one from Jane Eyre, but I can't seem to find it right now. It was about living every moment to your fullest. It's an excellent quote. I guess I'm going to have to read the book again to find it.
paola, how did you like Animal Farm? That was a good book. I have to get another copy of mine. My uncle gave me his copy. The pages were yellowed and it had that wonderful old book smell.
Unfortunately, I lent ot to a friend and she never returned it. That's too bad because it was a very old edition and I doubt I'll find another just like it.
ZH!, the LotR trilogy is excellent. I'd recommend reading The Hobbit first to set it up. They are books that really need some time set aside for, though. Tolkien is wonderful, but he tends to drift. On their journey he can go off to start telling about the scenery, the pebbles under foot, everyone who has walked over the pebbles, and their stories.
lol Excellent books, though, when he gets back to the story.